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Video Shows Alleged Elephant Abuse at German Zoo
Zookeepers at the Hannover Adventure Zoo are seen striking three-year-old elephants to make them perform tricks.
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10 Haunting Pictures of Wild Animals at Night
A hidden camera sees animals on the move at night in a way the human eye cannot.
World's Biggest Ivory Market Shutting Down—What It Means loading...
World's Biggest Ivory Market Shutting Down—What It Means
Today China closes the first of its state-licensed ivory carving factories and retailers, a move conservationists hail as a big step toward saving elephants from extinction.
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How Mid-Century Doomsday Tests May Help Save Elephants
Radiocarbon dating, made possible by open-air nuclear tests shown in newly declassified videos, is helping scientists pinpoint when elephants were slaughtered.
About Elephants

There are two types of elephants; African and Asian. Although they look similar they actually have a lot less in common than it may seem. African elephants have larger ears, more wrinkly skin and are larger overall than Asian elephants.

Elephants are social animals. The females tend to live in groups of 10 with other female relatives and their calves. The eldest female in the group is considered the leader until death. Elephants are usually found near a large water source since they use their trucks to drink up to 40 litres of water per day.

All elephants are herbivores. Some are grazers, eating mainly grass and bushes while others are browsers, using their trunks to reach up into trees for food. These animals are known as a keystone species because they are so large and have a considerable effect on the environment and ecosystem.

Elephants are frequently hunted for their tusk ivory. The illegal ivory trade has been in action for hundreds of years and still exists today.

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